Irish Museum of Modern Art

One of the best modern art collections of the 20th century awaits you in this old hospitall

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Irish Museum of Modern Art

Modern art in an ancient building

At first glance, the ancient Royal Hospital Kilmainham seems to be exactly what it once was: a sombre 17th-century construction where retired war veterans were lodged. It stands on the ruins of the former monastery of the Knights of St John, which was used as a hospital. Inside, however, you’ll find the avant-garde installations of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), which despite its youth – it first opened in 1991 – is now firmly established on the international map for contemporary art. With more than 4,500 works of art from the mid-20th century onwards, the Museum possesses an exquisite selection of pieces, purchased from the best art galleries in the world. Its ever-growing collection consists of photographs, sculpture, paintings and audiovisual material, and goes out on a limb with some of its more ground-breaking and unconventional exhibitions, like Langlands and Bell’s ‘The House of Osama Bin Laden’ which was so successful in 2003.

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